The Modern Outdoor Patio

October 5, 2021

For a fresh, clean approach to outdoor style, we love the look of an unabashedly modern patio. And with so many elegant, contemporary furniture offerings now available that have been designed with alfresco living in mind, your patio can be a true reflection of the chic, modern aesthetic found throughout the rest of your home.

A modern outdoor patio is characterised by clean lines and modular forms that are aesthetically appealing, and now that winter is beginning to wane and spring is soon on its way, it is time to get some inspiration. Modern spaces rely on a mixture of unique textures and organic materials to keep visual interest high, and a clever combination of refined finishes, rustic surfaces, and varied silhouettes will mean that cool and contemporary will never mean cold and unwelcoming.

Read on for some of our essentials when it comes to designing the perfect modern outdoor space.

The modern outdoor dining set

Outdoor Dining Set | Stainless Steel and Teak Extension Table + 8 Chairs-1622

Stainless Steel and Teak Extension Table + 8 Chairs

This is where both clean lines and comfort are a must, with guests unlikely to stick around if your outdoor dining set doesn’t encourage settling in for the afternoon or night.

Both were most definitely high on the list when we designed the dramatic, contemporary, and splendidly comfortable Teak and Stainless Steel Dining Set with eight Bruno Chairs (right), which is effortlessly modern and very easy to love. The Stainless Steel Extension Table features an extension that takes the table from 1.6m to 2.8m in length, and its minimalist design features tightly placed slats of Grade-A Teak over a Stainless Steel base. We have paired the outdoor table with eight of our stunning Bruno Chairs, which come with a unique sleigh-shaped frame and Batyline® mesh; the whole look is contemporary brilliance.

The entire modern dining set is also wonderfully treated to cope with the elements. Grade-A Teak is sustainably grown, plantation teak from Indonesia, cut at a prime age to ensure that there is a high level of naturally generated rubber throughout and that the wood won’t age. #316 Stainless Steel is marine-grade, meaning that it won’t rust or deteriorate outdoors, whilst the aforementioned Batyline® mesh is an amazing European brand used all over the world, from boats to loungers to these incredible chairs.

Cabo Teak Sectional Sofa

Cabo Teak Outdoor Furniture Collection

The modern deep seating collection

If you’re looking for a modern outdoor sofa setting with a timeless edge, consider taking a look at our Cabo deep seating collection, which comes with the warmth and organic look of Grade-A teak. The architecture of the Cabo Collection is all about luxurious, deep seating, angular lines, and large pieces that are sure to make an impact to your space. A top-selling sectional, the Cabo Collection is comprised of a Left or Right Arm Daybed, an ample Club Chair, slim-lined Coffee Table and Left or Right Corner Chair. The luscious, wide, and deep lines of our Cabo Club Chair create the perfect environment to snuggle up with a loved one or fold your legs up and lounge, whilst the Daybeds are a study in true relaxation.

The Cabo Collection features our signature, sought-after Grade-A Teak frame, held together with marine-grade bolts and glues, and padded with chic Sunbrella® cushions with Quick Dry foam that are ideal for a life outdoors. Modern, minimal, and exquisitely tailored design, the Cabo collection is a superb choice for any contemporary home and outdoor area.

Blok Concrete Rectangle Coffee Table-782

Blok Concrete Rectangle Coffee Table

The modern coffee table

Dripping in industrial cool but also incredibly versatile, our Blok concrete range is modern, sophisticated, and timeless, and the Blok Concrete rectangular coffee table (right) is no exception. The minimalist design is sleek yet makes a bold statement. Accessorise it with candles, glass, or plants, greenery being a beautiful and organic way to soften the concrete look.

Design Warehouse’s Blok concrete is made with a concrete resin blend, a mixture that is perfect for outdoor use. It is strong and durable, yet also lighter and easier to move than plain concrete. The Blok concrete coffee table is exceptional and will be sure to add a stunning contemporary vibe to your outdoor space so matter what the size.

square sunbrella umbrella in black

Dixon Square Umbella in Black

The modern patio umbrella

A key element of every functional outdoor living space is shade, and that’s where a quality sun umbrella for your patio, garden, or outdoor entertainment area that comes with added UV protection is essential. The number one reason people choose to avoid their outdoor ‘room’ is lack of shelter from the heat and rain, and an outdoor shade umbrella will provide a super stylish and impressive addition to your favourite summertime space as well as protect against the sun’s harmful rays.

In terms of a truly modern offering, we love the cool and dramatic look of our Dixon Sunbrella Square Umbrella in Black (left). This traditional umbrella is given a shake up with the combination of the square shape and the hardy Sunbrella® fabric in eternally chic black.

Whether on the balcony, in the garden or lined up in a restaurant courtyard; the Dixon Square Sunbrella Umbrella is a classic choice.

If you’re thinking about adding a modern edge to your outdoor living area in time for the warmer months, we’re here for you. If you have more questions about any of the above, don’t hesitate to call us or drop into our Parnell showroom today. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces anywhere, using our astute delivery service. For more information please call our dedicated team of professionals – we’d love to help.


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